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Seattle Seahawks Strategy and Personnel 2008-12-30

Seattle Seahawks Strategy and Personnel 2008-12-30

--OT Kyle Williams suffered a concussion in Sunday's loss and went to the locker room on a cart. He was taken to a local hospital for exams but was able to fly home with the team. Na'Shan Goddard, who was signed off the New York Giants' practice squad two weeks ago, was forced to step in for Williams and had a holding penalty and a false start on his first series.

--OT Walter Jones had microfracture surgery on his knee, though how long his rehabilitation will be or what effect it will have on the remainder of his career is unknown.

--QB Matt Hasselbeck, who missed nine games with a bulging disc in his back, says he does not need offseason surgery to correct the problem and that therapy and exercise should cure the problem.

--Even though RB Mo Morris started the last four games of the regular season, RB Julius Jones still led the team with 698 yards on 158 rushes. Morris ended with 564 yards on 132 rushes. Morris is a free agent this offseason and is not likely to return because the Seahawks still have Jones and T.J. Duckett under contract.

--LB Lofa Tatupu was credited with only one tackle against the Cardinals, but the fourth-year player still led the team with 94 tackles this season. He became the first player to lead the franchise in tackles in four consecutive years. Linebacker Leroy Hill had been leading the team but missed the final four games with a shoulder stinger.


PASSING OFFENSE: C-minus -- QB Seneca Wallace threw a pair of touchdowns to WR Deion Branch, but he also threw two interceptions, snapping his streak of 184 attempts without an interception. He was 24 of 43 on the day for 250 yard, but his passer rating was only 68.9. Three players dropped passes, including veteran Bobby Engram.

RUSHING OFFENSE: D -- After consecutive 100-yard rushing games, Maurice Morris was held to just 45 yards on 15 carries on Sunday, a 3.0 average. Worse, he fumbled deep in his own territory, which led to a Cardinals touchdown. Wallace also put the ball on the ground once, though Seattle recovered.

PASS DEFENSE: F -- The Seahawks once again were shredded by Arizona's passing attack. Despite not having WR Anquan Boldin, Kurt Warner threw for four touchdowns before being removed after three quarters to rest up for the playoffs. Warner threw for 263 yards, 130 of which went to WR Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald abused CB Marcus Trufant on several occasions, including a 50-yard pass that set up a touchdown and a 38-yard TD. Even Matt Leinart threw for 83 yards once he took over for Warner.

RUSH DEFENSE: D -- The Cardinals pulled Edgerrin James out of the mothballs, and James ran for 100 yards on just 14 carries, a 7.1 average. James had not been starting because the Cardinals had elected to go with rookie Tim Hightower, but James did well enough to move into 11th place on the NFL's all-time rushing list.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- PK Olindo Mare missed only his third FG of the season, yanking left a 40-yard attempt, though he was rushed by a Cardinals player coming off the left edge. Mare finished the year making 24 of 27 attempts. The Seahawks contained Arizona returners Steve Breaston and J.J. Arrington, but they also did not get much return yardage themselves.

COACHING: C -- Defensive coordinator John Marshall again was unable to devise a game plan to get to Cardinals CB Kurt Warner. DE Darryl Tapp got one early sack that caused Warner to fumble, but the Seahawks got very little pressure on Warner beyond that, the reason he was able to pick apart Seattle's secondary. The Seahawks had an uncharacteristic 11 penalties for 82 yards.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 30, 2008

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Maurice Morris Name: Maurice Morris
Position: RB
Age: 28
Experience: 7 years
College: Oregon
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